RUSH: I mentioned earlier in the program we had sound bites of Benjamin Netanyahu and Megyn Kelly last night, and I want to get to those now. This was Netanyahu’s first appearance on American media after his election victory and after the Regime went after him as a racist for daring to turn out his base, after the Regime had made a big pitch to Arab Israelis to show up in droves to try to knock Netanyahu off. So Megyn Kelly, first question: “In 2009 you said that you supported a peace deal that would recognize a Palestinian state, but the day before Tuesday’s election you completely reversed and said you didn’t. Why?”
NETANYAHU: I didn’t retract any of the things that I said. The conditions for that today are not achievable for a simple reason. Abu Mazen, the leader of the Palestinians, rejects consistently the acceptance of a Jewish State. He’s made a pact with the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas. And the conditions in the Middle East have changed to the point where any territory you withdraw from is immediately taken out by Iranian backed terrorists or by ISIS. It’s only a dozen miles away from us. We would vacate territory instead of getting a two-state solution, we could end up with a no state solution. That is a solution that would threaten the very survival of the state of Israel. I said we have to change the terms.
RUSH: So he’s basically saying he didn’t change anything. He didn’t change his opinion. He had never been in favor of a two-state solution as it has been discussed. He was always talking about in the context of today, meaning the present. And he’s right here in pointing out, there is no desire for a two-state solution by the Palestinians. Abu Mazen, Hamas, you name it, and everybody knows it. Nobody on that side wants Israel to exist side by side with a Palestinian state.
When they talk two-state solution, they’re talking one state, and that’s Palestine, and Israel is erased from the map. That’s what they want. Well, who’s ever gonna negotiate that? That is something the Palestinians are gonna have to win militarily. If they want that, if they want the map to no longer say “Israel,” if they want the borders of Israel to now say “Palestine,” they’re gonna have to mount a military campaign. They’re gonna have to defeat Israel and, as the terms of surrender, they’re gonna have to get the Jews that live in Israel to somehow move out and go somewhere else.
That is never gonna happen in talks. That is never gonna happen diplomatically. That is never gonna happen via UN resolution. It’s never gonna happen because “Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!” wants it to happen. The only way that can happen is if the Palestinians and their allies — hello, Iranians with the nuclear bomb — can figure out a way to militarily defeat Israel.
Now, the thing is, nobody in that region has ever been able to do it yet. Everybody that’s attacked Israel has paid the price. They have lost. And Israel has claimed territory from the attackers. And then after a while, it’s always been determined it was unfair for Israel to take that land. They said, “Well, wait a minute now, we were minding our own business and they attacked us. We took that land to make sure they couldn’t use it to mount further attacks.”
“Well, you gotta give it back,” Israel was told. “You gotta give it back, you’ve gotta be fair.” So they’ve given back much of the land they conquered after having been attacked. Nobody’s beat them and that’s what’s gonna have to happen. And Netanyahu knows this. There’s no way anybody’s gonna come along and negotiate a settlement and convince anybody who’s leading Israel to agree to erase the word from the map, get rid of the boundary lines and have the population move somewhere else. Not gonna happen. It’s in people’s dreams, if it is. And that’s all he’s pointing out.
RUSH: Okay. Here’s Netanyahu’s answer. Megyn Kelly’s question: “Okay, look, some people said it was racist when you urged your base to come out and vote because the Arab-Israeli turnout was so high. The White House came out and said that you were divisive, and you tried to marginalize Arab Israelis. Do you regret those comments, Prime Minister Netanyahu?”
NETANYAHU: That’s just not true, because what I said should be taken in the larger context. I wasn’t trying to suppress a vote. I was trying to get out my vote against those who were targeting — foreign money that was coming in to target a specific group to bring down my —
KELLY: American money?
NETANYAHU: The answer is yes. I wasn’t talking about that. I called on Arab supporters of Likud, I said, “Look, there’s gonna be this effort, foreign-funded effort to get the votes for that parties, and I want you to be ready for that and get out the vote when that happens.” That’s what I was referring to, and you’d be surprised, we got a lot of Arab votes. I’d like to have more, but I consider myself as the prime minister of all Israelis, those who voted for me and those who didn’t vote for me, Arabs, Jews.
RUSH: Let me tell you what he’s talking about here. He’s talking about Obama. American money and an Obama campaign team was in there to gin up turnout against Netanyahu. All he did was respond to it by trying to gin up his own turnout, his own base, which includes some Arab votes. And for this he was called racist. And for this he was accused of marginalizing the Israeli Arab vote, when in fact, if anybody was trying to marginalize anybody it’s Barack Obama trying to marginalize Bibi.
The American president was trying to secure the defeat of the Israeli prime minister. And he failed. He failed to do it because finally somebody stood up to Obama and his tactics, something we’re not used to in this country, but Netanyahu does it repeatedly. He’s invited to speak to Congress, he does it, and he hammers Obama and takes it to him. When Obama sent a campaign team and American money to defeat him, Netanyahu stood up and said, here’s a dose of your own medicine. He beats Obama every time he takes him on, so of course they’re gonna call him a racist. Obama’s just not used to people actually standing up to him. That’s all that happened here.
RUSH: Here’s Bill in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It’s great to have you with us, the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Thanks for being at that great EIB Microphone and providing the clarity and the expertise that you gave us in these matters that are so important.
RUSH: Thank you, sir. I really appreciate that.
CALLER: I do not believe for one minute that the events during the last two months surrounding the prime minister of Israel has had anything to do with the administration “resetting” their policy in the Middle East. I believe that he has constantly been arranging these things and that clearly that this is done in the face of the Israeli government and their duly elected prime minister. Now, the sewer line, the main sewer line news media has come together with one voice with the administration in trying to say that now it’s Bibi’s fault for this reset of this policy. And I don’t believe it for a minute. What’s your thought?
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Reset of what policy are you talking about?
CALLER: Well, he’s saying that now they have to reset, rethink the Middle East policy because of what Benjamin Netanyahu said.
RUSH: Okay. You’re saying that it’s a myth that they have to change their attitude toward the Palestinian state, two state, because of Netanyahu’s victory.
RUSH: You’re saying that they’ve had designs on implementing their Middle East policy anti-Israel for much longer than Netanyahu’s recent campaign?
CALLER: Yeah. And the news media has chronicled every time that Obama has flown in the face of the Israelis and their duly elected prime minister. He’s mocked ’em, he’s snubbed ’em, and he’s provoked ’em. And there’s no way that this thing is just because of the last couple of months —
RUSH: Well, I think that’s true. You’re basically saying that Obama’s had it in for Israel from the get-go essentially —
RUSH: — and just uses this recent election as an excuse to double down on it or some such thing?
RUSH: I think there’s any doubt about that. Now, a lot of people don’t want to believe that. There’s a lot of what Obama’s doing that people don’t want to believe. They don’t want to believe that they’ve elected somebody like this. Obama’s getting away with a lot, because people don’t want to consider what could actually truthful explanations for all of this that he’s doing. They can’t really comprehend it. “Nah, that’s not the guy I voted for! No, no, no, no. That’s not what happening there.”
So now they’re left in kind of limbo trying to come up with an explanation for whatever Obama’s doing, either his speech to the Iranian people or vetoing the Keystone pipeline or whatever. Everything he’s doing that is proving harmful to this country and its interests, even the people that voted for him a lot say, “Nah-nah-nah-nah. It can’t be that he’s doing this on purpose. ” They just can’t face it. They hold the presidency in such reverence that they can’t believe the whole country was so fooled by this.
There’s gotta be some other explanation that we just don’t yet understand. And yet, like you say, it’s right out in front of our face. The reality is right there. All it takes is the courage to believe it, which a lot of people do not seem to want to muster. Anyway, Bill, I appreciate the call. Thank you very much, and for your kind words.
RUSH: Hey, we have time to squeeze this in, Marco Rubio. Here’s his reaction to Obama’s speech to the people and mullahs of Iran.
RUBIO: This is a historic and tragic mistake. Israel is not a Republican or Democratic issue. If this was a Republican president doing these things, I would give the exact same speech. In fact, I would be even angrier. This is outrageous, it is irresponsible, it is dangerous, and it betrays the commitment this nation has made to the right of a Jewish state to exist in peace.
RUSH: Yesterday afternoon on the floor of the Senate Marco Rubio, Republican senator from Florida.